Fueling for a hard morning workout can be a challenge for even the most seasoned runner. There’s a fine line between fueling enough pre-run to get through it feeling good, but not eating too much where you feel sluggish and full.
Professional runner Sarah Sellers balances her job as a nurse anesthetist with training at an elite level. To fit in her workouts around her hours at the hospital, she often does longs runs or hard workouts at 4 or 5 AM. Training hard so early in the morning can present a major fueling challenge.
“When I do hard workout at that time, especially hard long runs, in the past I would wake up about 3 hours before and have close to a full meal with a complex carb and some protein,” says Sarah. “Then I would try to go back to sleep, never really sleep well because you’re up and antsy about the workout, so ultimately it was cutting back on 2.5-3 hours of sleep before the workout.”
“I really like the idea that UCAN is easy to digest and it can keep your blood sugar stable for a prolonged period,” says Sarah. “Now I sleep right until 30-40 minutes before my workout, I wake up and have UCAN, and then go straight on my run.”
UCAN Energy Powders are powered by SuperStarch®, a slow-releasing carbohydrate that delivers steady, long-lasting energy with no spikes and no crash. SuperStarch® exits the stomach quickly, making it the idea pre-workout fuel source for runners.
“Typically you need to eat something with fiber or fat to not feel the spike & crash and get sustained energy, but it’s hard to digest right before a hard workout and it’s not conducive to marathon training,” says Sarah. “UCAN really gives you that sustained energy without having to eat a lot of fat and fiber before a workout.”
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About Sarah Sellers
Sarah Sellers burst on to the professional running scene with a surprise 2nd place finish at the 2018 Boston Marathon. It was only the second marathon ever for Sarah, who was sidelined from running by stress fractures after a standout collegiate career at Weber State University. She trained for Boston while working full time as a nurse anesthetist, serving as an inspiration for everyday runners who like Sarah, also have to balance training and the desire to achieve a personal best with career and family responsibilities.